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* 2007 Editors Choice Convertible Tablet PC *

Lenovo X60 Tablet PC

The Lenovo Thinkpad X60 Tablet PC


by Linda A. Epstein
March 2007

Filled with exciting new features that include a touch screen, that can be viewed indoors or out and built in EDVO, The new Lenovo X60 has convinced this die hard slate style Tablet PC user that it was time to switch to a convertible.   (Which for the record was no easy task)  Before my first week with a pre production X60 Tablet PC was over, I knew that if the production unit of the X60 was everything the pre production unit was, there was going to be a new Editors Choice Tablet PC at TabletPc2.com.  

x60 top To start with, being 1.1" thin and weighing only 3.76 pounds with the 4 cell battery the Lenovo X60 Tablet thinnest and lightest 12" convertible tablet available to day.  Next the fact that the black coating (which almost feels rubberized) makes the lenovo X60 easy hold and carry and shows less fingerprints than other tablets.   I don't know about the rest of you, but as far as I am concerned going into a meeting with a Tablet PC (or any notebook) covered in fingerprints does not make a good impression and I don't have the time or the desire to be constantly checking for and wiping fingerprints and smudges from he outside of my computer before every meeting.

Each generation of Tablet PCs, brings us faster processors, more memory, bigger hard drives and generally longer battery life, but those are expected improvements.  Those things alone are not impressive or exciting enough to put a Tablet into the running for the "Editors Choice" Tablet PC. 

The Editors Choice Tablet PC only changes when something comes along that offers features and options that exceed those of the current "Editors Choice" Tablet PC.     An Editors Choice machine needs to be light, powerfully, easy to travel with, offer advancements in technology and have reliable manufacturer support.  The Lenovo X60 offers all that and more.

There are quite a few new features on the X60,  these include:

  • a redesigned pen with new feel and an eraser
  • additional usb port (for a total of 3)
    The inclusion of a fire wire port
    Wireless on/ off switch
    Express card and PC card support
    Optional embedded Wan card and antenna. 
    Hard dives up to 120 GB
    memory up to 4GB
    Active Rotate - which senses change and orients the display for the best possible view at any angle
    An Improved mono speaker
    improved Mic now located on the screen bezel
  • NavDial - which is a four directional navigation pad for use in tablet mode that that includes an enter button in the center and remember which way is up when you turn the screen.

With Vista for Business as the OS and the 8 cell battery installed I was able to get 3 hours 44 minutes of battery life with brightness on the X60 screen turned all the way up, the wireless and bluetooth on, no standby, hibernate disabled and the screen and hard drive set to always on.  There is no question that these setting are going to give you the shortest amount of battery life.  I need to know the absolute minimum battery life I can expect, that is why I run the battery test this way.

Before you start grumbling about the battery life, keep in mind that Using the Lenovo X60 built in power saver setting (which is user adjustable) will you close to five and a half hours of battery life with the wireless and the bluetooth on.  You can extend the battery life even further if you turn off the wireless and bluetooth when your not using them.

In anticipation of TabletPc2.com readers first question after they read this review:

Hi res and Multiview screens 2 Lenovo x60 tablet pcs

the MultiView MultiTouch Display is on the right

Why did I choose the MultiView, MultiTouch over the high-resolution SXGA+ screen?

This was not an easy decision.  While I was initially drawn to the high-resolution screen, I needed to follow my own advice and consider where and how I would be using the X60 Tablet PC.  

To begin with I spend a considerable amount of time showing people from a variety of industries the features of the Tablet PC that most pertains to them.   With the Hi-Resolution screen I would not be able to show people the "touch" feature of the MultiTouch screen.  

For a lot of people "touch" is a big selling point so its an important feature to be able to show them. In addition to that, I live in Southern California and drive a convertible, and occasionally run into clients that live in homes with spectacular views so their homes have glass walls.   So for me the outdoor viewability of the MultiView screen comes in handy.  

The MultiTouch screen gives me an excellent picture and I enjoy the flexibility of having the Touch feature.   Besides that I needed something to put on the "wish List for the next model from Lenovo - a High Resolution MultiTouch MultiView Screen!

X60 Tablet PC in convertibleX60 Tablet PC in Porsche

A view of the Lenovo X60 Tablet PC in the car with the convertible top down

Erase Mistakes

The Pen and Ink Experience:   The pen and ink experience on the the Lenovo x60 is exceptional.   The new red tipped pen, glides easily across the screen and the ink flows naturally.  The redesigned pen is comfortable in my hand and I while I am getting used to using the scratch out feature in windows Vista,  I enjoy the convenience of having having an eraser on the end of pen.
 
X60 in Tablet Mode

Lenovo went one step further to insure Tablet enthusiast would have everything they needed to access in tablet Mode, by having a tablet buttons for power, power button lock, screen rotation, tablet shortcut menu, Escape and NavDial all on the conveniently located ont he tablet bezel.   You can easily assign different functions to these buttons from the Tablet Shortcut Menu and then reset them to their default mode using the reset button.  Everything you need access to is at the touch of your fingers in Tablet Mode.

Who is it For: This is one Tablet PC that I can honestly say is for anyone and everyone.  There is no question that the Lenovo X60 Tablet PC will be an excellent choice for road warriors, students, teachers, home users.  Anyone who uses a notebook and wants the ability to use pen and ink is going to enjoy both using and owning the Lenovo X60 Tablet PC.

My Favorite Features:

   convenience at your fingertips.....

A Fingerprint reader that works -

Fingerprint sensor The ability to slide your finger across a scanner and log into your Tablet PC is faster and more convenient than having to enter a password with a pen or a keyboard.

It took less than five minutes to go through the finger scanning practice, enroll multiple fingers and have the fingerprint sensor up and running.  And it works!

THinkVantage
 

The Tablet Shortcut and ThinkVantage buttons -

convenience at its best.  The Lenovo The Tablet Shortcut and ThinkVantage buttons allow the user to access settings, features and information literally at the touch of a button.   ThinkVantage also allows the user to the ability to customize the Quick Links shown so the user has access to the features they use most.

The Display -

x60 Tilted

The MultiView, Multi touch screen that rotates and tilts for a perfect viewing angle in every situation, can been used indoor and out with out a problem.

 

Easy access to volume control                                         

Six connectivity options -

Modem, GB Ethernet, IR, Bluetooth, WLAN, WWan and a screen that both rotates and tilts for a perfect viewing angle in every situation. 

Built in EDV0 -

While EDVO may not be cost effective for everyone, having the ability to connect to verizon EDVO service without having to purchase an air card it is a wonderfully feature.  The Lenovo X60 with WWAN comes with a three day trial from Verizon. 

Verizon EDVO

Note:  Verizon offers a monthly plan priced at 59.99 if you have phone service with them and 79.99 without an accompanying Verizon wireless plan.  If you are going to be using the EDVO service on a regular basis this is your best option.

Verizon also has a pay as you go plan for 15.00 per day. (you just have to twist their arms a bit to get it) While it is considerably more expensive to pay per use, for those who don't use it on a regular basis, this may make more sense than being locked into a monthly contract.

The Lenovo Ultra Base:

The ThinkPad X6 Tablet UltraBase is a simple, easy to attach solution that adds a wide array of expansion capabilities but is small enough to carry anywhere.  

UltraBase

  • Ultrabay Slim with available optical drive.
  • 4 USB 2.0 Ports; parallel and serial ports.
  • VGA output.
  • Microphone input & headphone output.
  • Stereo speakers.
  • Ethernet and modem pass-through.
  • Cable lock slot and key lock.

Attach the Ultra Base and a good set of earphones to the X60 and you can watch DVDs

Think Vantage Message Center & System Update

The ThinkVantage message center alerts you when there are software updates and drivers available for your X60 Tablet PC and the Think Vantage System update locates critical, recommended, optional and extras and allows you to choose between downloading them as a package and and installing them all at once downloading and saving them for installation at a later time of your choosing.

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    The Lenovo X60 Tablet PC with MultiView Multi Touch Screen Outside in Full Sun

     

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    Specs :

    Processor Intel® Core™ Duo Processor L2500 (1.83GHz)
    Operating System Windows Vista™ Business
    Display MultiView/MultiTouch 12.1" XGA (1024x768) TFT
    Memory ( 2GB DDR2
    Hard Drive 100GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm Serial ATA
    Wireless Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 a/b/g
    Bluetooth
    Sierra Wireless 1xEV-DO Network Adapter
    IBM Thinkpad Fast Infared Port
    Graphics mobile Intel 945GM Express
    Battery
    8 Cell Lithium-Ion
    For full Specs on the Lenovo X60 click here


    What's in the Box:

    (items may differ from those shown) Lenovo X60 Tablet PC

    • Lenovo X60 Tablet PC with  MultiView/MultiTouch indoor/outdoor viewable touch screen
    • ThinkPad X61 Tablet 8 Cell Li-Ion Battery
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Tablet PC Pen & Tether
    • 2 track point caps (not shown)   
    • AC adapter & Power cord   
    • Service and Trouble shooting guide
    • ThinkPad safety and Warranty Guide
    • ThinkPad X6 Tablet UltraBase
    • ThinkPad X6 Tablet UltraBase Users Guide
    • Microsoft One Note CD

    As I said in my first look of a pre production X60 , Those who waited months for the release of the Lenovo X60 Tablet PC will not be disappointed.    The new Lenovo X60 Tablet PC weighs in at 3.76 pounds, is 1.1" thin and offers users longer battery life and plenty of options and configuration choices. 12.1 inch MultiView, MultiTouch and high-resolution SXGA+. displays, support for up to 4 GB of memory, hard drives as large as 120 GB and a choice of the Intel® Ultra Low Voltage Core™ Solo processor  or  the Intel® Low Voltage Core™ Duo processors up to 1.83GHz

    Left Side View USB 2.0 Port, VGA Output, Ethernet Port, Pen Tether, PC Card Slot Secure Digital Card Reader, Digitizer Pen Right Side View 4 pin Fire Wire, 2 x USB 2.o Ports, Audio Out, Microphone in, Power Port X60 Front ViewFront View WWan Antenna, Cover Latch, Wireless Radio Switch

    New features include Active Rotate, which senses change and orients the display for correct viewing . NavDial, a 4 direction dial that always knows which way is up.  Mimo wireless, embedded WAN with a choice of providers (Verizon and Vodaphone, Service with Cingular may also be available in the future).  New Accessories such as a mobile dock called the the UltraBase that includes a optical bay, 4 usb ports, vga, Mic and headphone out, ethernet and cable lock and key slots.

    Outside

    The Lenovo X60 Tablet PC shown above does not have an indoor outdoor display,
    but as you can see for yourself when it is not in direct sun the screen is still crisp. clear and easy to see.   

    In shade
    Outside in the shade

    Buttons:  NavDial, ThinkVantage, ESC, Tablet Control Utility( TCU), Screen Rotation, Cltr-Alt-Del, power with locking switch, wireless on/off switch

    Ports: 3 USB 2.0, VGA, Infrared, Fire wire, microphone, headphone VGA-out port

    Card Slots : 1 Type 1/II PC Card Slot with EC34 via adapter, 1 secure digital slot.

    Heat:  The X60 does gets warm if you have it in your lap for long periods of time, but it does not get overly hot.

    Installed Software : ( subject to change)

    Windows® Vista Business offers several new tablet features that can help you be more efficient with your tablet.

    • Handwriting recognition personalization Visual feedback for standard pen actions Snipping tool Pen flicks and gestures.
    • Touch input and touch pointer (MultiTouch/MultiView display only

    InterVideo Virtual Drive:

    lets you store your favorite CDs and DVDs on your hard drive. It works by making a digital image of a CD or DVD and stores it to the ThinkPad X60 Tablet. Up to 22 individual Virtual Drives can be loaded at the same time giving fast access to media with no battery power used on the optical drive. Gamers who need to switch discs can do so quickly.

    • Adobe Reader
    • Diskeeper Lite
    • Google: Google Toolbar
    • Google Desktop
    • Picasa from Google
    • PC-Doctor
    • Symantec Client Security (with 90 days of virus definitions)
    • ThinkPad Utilities (Power Manager and Presentation Director)
    • ThinkVantage Access Connections
    • ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software
    • ThinkVantage Productivity Center with Away Manager
    • ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery
    • ThinkVantage System Update
    • ThinkVantage System Migration Assistant™
    • ThinkVantage Message Center
    • Verizon Access Manager ( for EDVO connection)

    As it so happens Thunders Storm has his own Tablet PC to nap on, but now he's decided that he is entitled to an upgrade and has taken to napping on the Lenovo X60.... which wouldn't be so bad if he was willing to share!


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    The Pros: I believe this is the longest list of "Pros" I have ever posted....

    • Convenience and power in a Lightweight package
    • Screen rotates and tilts for a perfect viewing angle in every situation
    • Six connectivity options; Modem, GB Ethernet, IR, Bluetooth, WLAN, WWan
    • Indoor Outdoor Touch Screen
    • Finger Print sensor that is easy to set up works properly.
    • Outside case is fingerprint resistant
    • Shock mounted hard drive
    • ThinkVantage software
    • Think Vantage message center alerts you to new drivers and updates for you X60 tablet PC
    • Built in EDVO (verizon)
    • NavDial a four direction navigational pad including enter key for use in tablet mode.
    • Multiple configurations offer something for everyone
    • Nice selection of accessories
    • Finger Nail Friendly

    The Cons: 

    • The Think Vantage Access Connections for Wireless requires you to manually select the wireless connection you want every time you change locations. 
    • Intel Wireless connects at 60% instead of 100% - this is a driver issue that should soon be resolved
    • Sound Quality from mono speaker is still poor

    Conclusion: 

    Can you have functionality, portability and power all in one lightweight package?    The answer is yes.  

    Cutting edge technology, light weight, powerful and easy to use the The Lenovo X60 Tablet PC is the perfect Tablet PC for those those who want it all.    Add six connectivity options and a screen that rotates and tilts for a perfect viewing angle in every situation and it just doesn't get any better.

    Taking users likes and dislikes into consideration Lenovo set out to build a Tablet PC that would provide people with a machine that is portable, innovative and packed with features to enhance the user experience and they succeeded.   Multiple configuration options, a choice of battery's combined with the Tablet UltraBase and DVD RW gives users the flexibility set up their X60 Tablet PC to suit their needs in any given situation.  

    Lenovo X60 Tablet PC is the perfect excellent choice for students, doctors, field workers, road warriors and home users alike.

    The new Lenovo X60 is going to be a tough act for anyone to follow.

    Order a Lenovo X60

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    Lenovo X60 Accessories

    ThinkPad X6 Tablet UltraBase

    The ThinkPad X6 Tablet UltraBase is a simple, quick-attach solution that adds a wide array of expansion capabilities but is small enough to carry anywhere.
    • Ultrabay Slim with available optical drive. 4 USB 2.0 Ports; parallel and serial ports. VGA output. Microphone input & headphone output. Stereo speakers. Ethernet and modem pass-through.
    • Cable lock slot and key lock.
    UltraBase
    Lenovoe Extended life battery
    ThinkPad X60 Series Extended Life Battery


    Works up to 10.6 hours3 when combined with the
    8-cell system battery on select models.

    Lenovo USB Webcam

    Stylish and full featured, the Lenovo USB Webcam is ideal for video conferencing with colleagues, friends, and family. Portable with ThinkVantage design, the webcam includes:

    • Dual array microphones. 360-degree rotation. Easily accessible Snapshot button. True 1.3 megapixel lens. High Speed USB 2.0.
    • Secure spring clip attachment.
    It's the perfect tool to enhance your ThinkPad X60 Tablet video conferencing experience.
    Lenovo USB/Analog Headset by Sennheiser

    Tested and certified with VoIP and audio applications on Lenovo systems, the USB/Analog Headset by Sennheiser is the perfect accessory for mobile professionals. A USB adapter provides a crystal clear digital signal but leaves the option to connect to a traditional analog audio connection.
    • Adjustable, bendable, and pivotable microphone. In-line volume control/microphone mute switch. Single-sided cable reduces tangles and clutter. Ear buds tilt and adjust for comfort.
    • Weighs only 0.299 pounds.
    Communicate over VoIP with perfect clarity thanks to the noise canceling microphone. Use the headset as regular headphones for music or movies.

    ThinkPad X60 Tablet Digitizer Pen

    Keep a spare digitizer pen for your ThinkPad X60 Tablet. The newly engineered pen includes:

    • Removable tips and built-in eraser on end. More tactile feel and natural design. More ergonomic toggle switch location.
    • To prevent loss, attaches to Tablet Sleeve pen loop tether.
    X60 Digitizer Pen
    Tablet Sleeve

    ThinkPad X60 Tablet Sleeve The ThinkPad X60 Tablet Sleeve is a must for people who interact with their tablet while on the go.

    • Protects against scratches and dings. Convenient tablet use while in sleeve. Easy insert/remove of tablet. Long shoulder strap for range of motion. Improved access to fingerprint reader and buttons.
    • Pen loop and business card pocket
    Lenovo USB Travel Wheel Mouse

    The travel-sized mouse utilizes optical technology for superior precision control (800dpi versus predecessor at 400dpi).
    • Programmable scrolling wheel. 800dpi optical sensor. Weighs 3.2 ounces. Wrap to secure cable.
    • 4-foot cable with PS/2 and USB connectors.
    A compact, lightweight, three-button mouse that's designed for ThinkPad notebook customers who prefer a mobile mouse.

    Lenovo USB Travel Wheel Mouse


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